The Broad Museum is the new popular venue in town. The Downtown Los Angeles-based museum opened in September 2015 and has presented its inaugural installation to over 350,000 visitors through its generous free general admission to the public. Home to the 2,000 works of art in the Eli and Edythe Broad collection, the museum currently showcases more than 250 works by some 60 artists of contemporary art on both the first- and third-floor galleries of the museum. The Broad Museum is also the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. Its inaugural installation will remain fully on view on both the first- and third-floor galleries of the museum through May 1, 2016.
I was able to walk through the museum’s doors back in October when I reserved advance tickets online. Since then, tickets have been hard to come by, with all advance tickets between now and the end of May of 2016 being fully reserved… unless, of course, the Broad randomly decides to send an email invitation to all its email subscribers, which it did on March 1st. Guess who snagged five tickets for March 2nd’s 11:30 a.m. admission?
Did I mention that upon arrival into The Broad, my companions and I were able to subsequently book the last separate free timed ticket reservation to view Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room? The waitlist for viewings fills to capacity early in the day, so not all museum visitors are able to experience it. According to The Broad’s introduction to its Special Installation, Kusama’s experiential artwork is “a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display.” Time allotted to view the Infinity Mirrored Room is extremely limited as the museum accommodates one-to-two visitors at a time to experience the installation for exactly 45 seconds only. Special exception was made for us because we had a small person in our party who wanted to view the installation twice.
The unbounded experience of the coveted Infinity Mirrored Room was amazing to share with my loved ones until, of course, you’re told your time was up. Hmm, I must figure out how she convinced the Museum employee to visit that room twice in a row. I’m convinced it was the curls.
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